This version of the Sonata ranked among our top-rated family sedans. The ride is supple, yet composed. Handling is agile and responsive. The Sonata's swoopy, coupe-like styling comes with tolerable rear-seat room and visibility. The revised four-cylinder engine racked up impressive fuel economy of 27 mpg overall.
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It's not very good on slick or snowy conditions."

JOHN W., ME (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Occasionally the car hesitates when turning. Not all the time."

PAT K., MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Acceleration was good with the original engine but a little less with the rebuilt engine. Engine failed on the highway and was replaced under warranty. Visibility is very bad from the side mirrors and the rear window. Several close calls with cars on my driver side that I did not see. When backing up there is no way to judge what is behind you or how far away it is through the rear window."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"good power _ good handling _quiet ride."

WILLIAM H., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I have the 2.0 turbo charged 4 cyl. engine and it has great power for such a small engine. Has the necessary horsepower to drive on the highways of Texas and the country."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Acceleration is sluggish, traction in snow is horrible,handling is OK comparedcto my previous car BMW 328i, vague steering."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The steering is awful....very loose and inconsistent. Not like the many other Sonatas I've owned."

D S., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The steering is hard to track a straight line. It almost feels like the steering column has many little "teeth" or indents and you have to be in one of them and so you have to go slightly left of center then slightly right of center in order to travel a straight line."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Test drove the "normal" Sonata (in 2012) and it was a truly sloppy ride -- boat-like! (I was used to the tight suspension of a Lexus IS.) Drove the Sonata SE (Sport) -- and it had a good suspension, so that's what I bought.."

ELENOR S., GA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Front wheel drive resists driver input when turning."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I had no idea a four cylinder could be so fast."

TROY T., NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Steering does not track well after installing Goodyear tires"

JOHN K., NJ (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I drive the Sonata summers only and have to adjust to its zip after driving the fit winters in Florida."

RICHARD H., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The acceleration is not great when in blue mode and even when it is not. Not good when trying to pass a car!"

CATHERINE K., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The acceleration with the turbo is amazing for a 4 cylinder engine that gets 31 mpg over all."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I have the 2.0 Turbo. Excellent acceleration and excellent mileage especially on the highway. Also when in cruise control (at 60 or higher) it does not downshift going up the hills even when climbing the hills in Colorado on I-70. Love it !!!"

OTTO L., CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"excellent fuel mileage, good power"

VERNER S., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Acceleration (pep) seems to have slowed from new."

RICH S., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"It rides smooth with good and steady acceleration and handles nicely on turns."

CRAIG-TANYA L., MN (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The acceleration and handling are excellent, and I have had no mechanical problem with the vehicle in the over three yeas that I've owned it. The only problem is the road noise."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car continuously drifts to the left. The dealer checked suspension, tires, etc. and over three years could not correct this. Also, the ride is extremely stiff and bumpy."

MICHELE B., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Handling is good. Acceleration using the eco mode is labored and loud when I try to accelerate"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"-Alignment does not stay true! Have alignment fixed at least twice a year. This is costly!!! This also creates uneven wear on tires leading to more frequent replacement (very costly!) -The Sonata takes an odd size tire so you're stuck with the only tire most places carry. -Acceleration is almost nothing then the ECO button is engaged. -Doesn't feel stable on wet roads."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Acceleration and handling are to my liking, but the ride is harsh; more like a truck."

M Z., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"very nice"

PINCHAS S., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The 2012 Sonata turbo provides excellent acceleration. Comes in very handle when entering expressway traffic."

JAMES W., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say


JIM T., IA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Bad seats"

FLORIN S., MI (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The seat of the driver a\his too hard"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"wind noise louder than i prefer. blind spot rather large. rear entrance head room requires apologies to every one entering after they bump their head."

SAMUEL G., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Passenger seat is too low and height cannot be adjusted."

Anonymous, AB (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"You can hear a lot of road noise in the cabin."

PAYNE M., VA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"6'3" frame provides plenty of leg room for long drives road noise has been annoying. Easy highway handling"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seats comfortable. Seat belt is not just a snap. Nor is the view out the windows. It feels kind of restrictive."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"ride a little rough I blame low profile tires .ride not as quiet as I would like"

M P., QC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car seats are very low. Would prefer higher seating. Difficulty in adjusting passenger side for back problems."

MARCIA A., MO (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I'm 77 with some arthritis. This Sonata is probably typical of the entire generation of smaller cars in that it's pretty hard to get in and out of. Love the Hyundai's. My next car will be a Tucson or similar SUV or van."

VICTOR L., AL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Front passenger seat is much to low and cannot be adjusted"

SAL C., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Rear seats are uncomfortable"

CHARLES G., QC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Road noise inside car loud."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Low profile tires cause a very uncomfortable ride. Passenger seat is very low to ground and goes way to far back. Seats in general are not comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The passenger seat is manual with no lumbar support - 2016 model is electronic, but no lumbar support. The excessive noise issue has been much improved in the 2016 model."

JOAN M., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Drivers seat is comfortable. My wife is short and the passenger seat is not adjustable, so we had to buy a separate cushion for her to sit on. Raises her up several inches so she can see over the dashboard."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seats uncomfortable and too much road noise"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Terrible lumbar support in seats. Everything else is good."

SUSAN A., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"There's a lot of road noise and the original issue tires were unsatisfactory."

JOHN W., ME (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Front passenger seat is too low, and the height is not adjustable."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The overall ride is much less comfortable than I expected from the Sonata Limited!"

EDWARD H., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Passenger side front seat has no controls for height adjustment. Feels like I'm sitting in a hole."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Front passenger seat is to low."

KAREN D., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car has a problem with fogging on the windshield under some circumstances. I've never had a car that didn't clear up once the A/C was turned on (along with the heat in cold weather), but that doesn't seem to do the trick in this car, for some reason. Overall, it's a great car, though."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The air conditioner works great here in Phoenix."

CHRISTOPHER P., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The road noise (something CR initially pointed out about this car) is most bothersome. The sunroof creaks & groans when the shade is open which is 95% of the time, but not when it is closed. And I want a smoother ride in the next car. My wife finds the seats uncomfortable."

KURT H., OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Position well; easy to adjust and comfortable"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The front passenger seat is low to the floor and should be able to be adjusted higher, like the driver's side. The sun gets into your eyes more, and you feel like a shrimp compared to the driver Iif they lift their seat higher, and it is very hard to get out of the car when the seat is so low. You could also have better visors that were longer and wider to block more of the sun, or even dual ones to block front and side at the same time."

CATHERINE K., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"It was designed to ride a little stiff. I find as I get older I don't really like that. I would not purchase the SE again. Other than that I really like this car."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Road noise on highway is bad. Suspension over bumps feels and sounds cheap. Air conditioning temperature is weak and takes minutes to get cold. Cup holders are small and holds soda cans but not coffee cups."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Very specious, quite comfortable ride, good AC."

LESZEK K., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Extremely noisy on interstate driving"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The 2012 Sonata has good pickup when the ECO button is not engaged, otherwise it's no better than a Geo Metro. -Seats are comfortable -The A/C does not work when stopped at a light. If it's summer in Florida and you're stopped at a long light be prepared for the car to start blowing HOT air! -There is wind noise coming from the seals around the door, especially on the highway. -You can hear the rain on the roof of the car. Not much sound insulation. Small hail sounds like a machine gun. - T"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seats uncomfortable, stiff ride radio terrible Bluetooth to sensitivr"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"When the driver's seat is raised, it makes it very difficult to fasten the safety belt"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car was extremely uncomfortable on long ride! Wouldn't buy it again!"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The passenger seat does not have a very comfortable view and needs to have a pillow for a 5' 2" person. It does not have enough recline movement to avoid the Sun on a drive."

DENNIS F., GA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"This car is roomy and very well designed for longer rides. While I don't like the road noise, strengths outweigh this issue for me."

MICHAEL C., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Drivers seat has developed a lump that while not a critical problem is annoying."

LOUIS G., MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seats not very comfortable for medium or long trips"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Seats 5 adults comfortably"

DONALD B., WA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Front seat is short and doesn't provide adequate upper leg support. I did get a newer model as a loaner when my car was in the dealership for some recall work. Happy to see that they have corrected this problem. Newer model seats procvide berrer leg support."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"GOOD: the warranty is the best in the business, and they gave me a big rebate for being a military veteran."

B C., NC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"keep autos for 7-10 years so resale not critical choice, therefore value with 10/100 warranty well worth it."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Runs very well, Highway mileage is often 35-37 mpg"

RICHARD S., KS (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The car was advertised as getting much better gas mileage than I am realizing. Am very disappointed with that aspect of the vehicle."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"cheaply made; road noise; uncomfortable ride"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"When purchasing the 2012 Hyuyndai I compared it to the Camry, Accord, Fusion, Passat and Altima. It beat them all hands down as far as price / value."

DAVID J., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I drove off the lot with 26 miles on odometer, and my wife and I have put all the other miles on the car. In the time we have owned this car, we have had very few issues arise. We had two warranty issues that were taken care of with no resistance from the dealership, and in very short order. We have had two other minor issues that were dealt with quickly and efficiently. Because of my experience with this car, I am planning on replacing it with another Sonata and I highly recommend Hyundai to an"

RONALD W., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"incredible value. No repair issues. Great fuel economy. body remains in excellent condition"

GARTH S., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I think that is a great value for the money. The extent guarantee was a good investment in my case."

ROBERTO M., OR (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I've had my Sonata for 2 and a half years, besides normal maintenance, I have had no problems. Great value!"

AMY S., NY (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Runs well for a medium sized vehicle"

CLEMENTINA C., ME (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"value for the dollar"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Good value good design"

DAN G., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Looks like it cost twice what I paid for it."

PAUL K., GA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Nice to drive, roomy and quiet."

KAZIMIERZ G., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Interior driving room could be better. This hashould been increased on newer models."

DAVID J., MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Not only is it the best mid-sized sedan for mileage, it has good acceleration, the best warranty and is costs the least."

CRAIG-TANYA L., MN (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Minimal mechanical issues; still in its first set if brakes"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"We got an amazing deal on this car when we purchased it new. No other brand even came close."

MICHAEL C., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I thought when this body style (2012) came out, it was very forward looking and appealing."

RICHARD H., IL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I like the outer styling very much. the profile and features are very cool. I'm hoping for a bit more thought on inside functionality"

GARY B., ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"There is a designed "crease" in the sheet metal on the sides, pitched lower in the front than in the back, that I suppose was intended to make the car look more sporty. I would have preferred to have it totally horizontal, to give a more dignified look."

JON D., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"looks good"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Design,and value,milage"

DAN G., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The front passenger seat is too low. The tires are very thin, so you don't get a great ride. We were told, that's the kind of tires they put on the turbo engine models."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I enjoy the body styling...but there seems to be a blind spot that we have to be vigilant of...otherwise a nice vehicle."

Anonymous, NB (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"styling is still current;"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Up to date styling."

CRAIG S., AZ (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"It just has a look of real class."

ROLLIN S., CA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I bought the Sonata for its appearance and still enjoy looking at it!"

RICHARD H., FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"I love the look of this car"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"The way it looks"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"ride ride is nice but has lots of road noise"

PINCHAS S., TX (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"Great car. The only problems I found is the passenger seat is too low with no adjustments, Remedied in 2015. No light with the hood up."

MIKE R., BC (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

"5 years old---still looks great."

WILLIAM H., PA (2012 Hyundai Sonata)

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